An Assortment Of Birthday Cakes

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Feb 252016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Birthday Cakes

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Hi Everybody! If you don’t want to read all my ramblings and just want to see my creations then I don’t mind if you whiz past the first part of this post. The creations are near the end!

I’ve fished out photos of a few birthday cakes I’ve decorated – with the help of the two youngest nephews, at various times over the last 6 months today.

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MUSINGS:

Many people say they no longer want to celebrate their birthdays as they get older – why is this?

I don’t believe in big splashes of celebrations, eating and drinking until the person celebrating their birthday, and their friends and family, don’t have a memory of what they said and did.  What’s the fun in that?  I’m talking of just getting together with nearest and dearest and doing something to comemorate that another year has passed.  Whether it’s been a good year, or a bad year you are glad to see the back of, taking a little time to acknowledge the passing of another year is good as far as I’m concerned.  And ignoring a birthday doesn’t actually mean that another year hasn’t passed.

We don’t do anything major for most birthdays in our family.  A meal where family members are invited (whether they have time to come or not) – sometimes tea and cake, and sometimes a takeaway of some sort.  Quite often on the closest Sunday afternoon, when more of the family have some free time to call round at the same time, though sometimes on the birthday itself.  A chance to sit down and chat.  A time to be together, when quite often close family visit at different times and don’t get to meet up here at the same time.

With several of the family chronically ill, going “out” together for a meal just isn’t an option, but I always enjoy seeing on Facebook what others have been doing for birthdays.

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BIRTHDAY CAKES:

One of my nephews is really interested in what people use to do – not so much the dates of history but the practicallities of how they use to live and what they use to do.  Steam engines and farming before tractors were invented.  Anything old time.  He’d been asking my father about the time when he started working and how were animals taken across to Cardigan Island in olden days. Dad worked on a farm on the mainland that had grazing rites on the island.  This was over 60 years ago.  The island is owned by a wildlife trust now.

It seems that animals were swam across with the farmer and farm help crossing in a boat according to what Dad told his grandson, so my nephew decided that we had to make a birthday cake for Dad to reflect this.  We did buy a no added sugar loaf cake (Dad’s a diabetic so a cake with added sugar wasn’t an option) to be the basis of the cake, and didn’t try to make it to the correct shape or scale or anything – just an island shape (home made marsipan with ground almonds and some sweetner and fruit sugar used to cover the cake) in a paper sea with a cardboard boat in it.   The nephews collected some of their toy farm animals and characters, which were sterilised in baby bottle sterilising solution before being added to the cake, with a few labels stuck on to make it obvious what the cake was suppose to depict.

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Going with the same idea of theming the cake with something to do with her youth, Mam’s birthday cake was made to look a bit like the top of a mountain with stunted grasses and rocks around.  Mam was brought up in the shadow of Carningli, one of the peaks of the Preseli Mountains.  A figure of a little girl holding a duck was used as my young mother (Mamgu to the grandchildren) – I had to re-colour the hair black with an alcohol marker before sterilizing in baby bottle steriliser because Mam had black hair before she went grey.

I did more of the prep for this one as the nephews were not here the day before – but I cheated and bought a half football cake as a base cake, removed the black icing hexagons (which one of the nephews thought were great to eat and end up with a black tongue) and then re-decorated as a mountain.

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Now when it came to makeing the nephew’s birthday cakes the “when they were young” theme wouldn’t work.  So when it came time to make their birthday cakes we had to go with some of what they enjoy.  Both nephews love having time playing on their Hudl Android tablets and amongst their favourite games are Minecraft and Transport Empire.  They’d shown me a Minecraft magazine several months before their birthdays and the youngest had asked me to make him a cake in the shape of the “cake” blocks they have in the game, and had given me the online link to a receipe for making one.  Needless to say I decided to buy the base cake, and come the day before our Sunday tea we worked together decorating it.  Anybody who knows Minecraft will know that actually the Minecraft cake is a very simple shape to make.  Of course we had to decorate it with Lego Minecraft figures from a Lego set they had received for Christmas (like previously we used baby bottle sterilising solution to sterilise the figures before adding to the cake).

And this is what we landed up with –

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For the other nephew’s cake, the one who’s also interested in steam engines as well as playing a bit of Transport Empire on his tablet, I got out a chocolate train mould from an online sale on the Lakeland site to create the decoration.  This time I got a long cutting cake from Tesco as the base cake.  The chocolate train was a bit longer than the cake but that didn’t really matter.  I used green sugar strands stuck on with some green icing as grass either side of the train. The nephew had asked for some cristalised ginger to be put in the tender as “coal”.

This is what I finished off with –

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I’d painted bits of the chocolate train with edible bronze metalic colouring.

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A Look Back At 2013

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Jan 022014
 

Now that we are into 2014 (I hope you all caught my “Thank You and a Happy New Year” post yesterday), I’ve been steered towards having a look back at my creations of 2013, and to choose “My Top 20 Creations”, from reading the blog posts of some of my online friends who’ve done something similar.

In fact, if you go to the blog “The Manic World Of Mrs McKenzie” you will see that she’s got a link tool where anybody who’s doing something like this can add their blog post where they are displaying their favourites of 2013.

I must admit to finding this very difficult – just choosing 20 out of all my crafting projects.  And I fear that if I was to do the same exercise tomorrow I’d come up with a totally different list – but I’ve got to stop changeing my mind right now and get this published.

I’ve tried to choose a bit of an assortment of different crafts, not just cardmaking, and I’m not showing them in any particular order.  I hope you like the items I’ve picked.

(Clicking on each picture will take you to the original blog post for each project where you should find details of what I used in each case – amongst all the other stuff I made the same time.)

1.  Made as a housewarming gift for my sister and her husband – they will hopefully be moving this month.

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2. Made for a card swap, making everything other than the image white on white.NovemberCardSwap 01

3.  I like buying cheap notebooks to decorate up as an inexpensive gift.

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4. Made as a Christmas gift for a family member.  A cross between a birthday book and a card storage box.

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5.  A beaded Kumihimo necklace with the magnetic clasp at the front making it easy to do upfor a person with dexterity issues.

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6.  The image on this card was one I bought during the “Owl the Same … or Not Blog Hop” which was run by the Stamp Out Stamp Theft group to help educate people about copyright of stamps, both physical and digital, and the fact that it’s theft to make unauthorised copies.

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7. This was the first tutorial I’d done for The Dragons Den blog (well the only one I’ve done so far really, but I hope to do more in the future), and I was very pleased with how it turned out.

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8. People who visit my blog often will have seen that I love my Silhouette Cameo and the wonderful designs by the likes of Tina Fitch that can be cut out using it – even if lack of space means I can’t keep it out to use all the time, and health issues means I can’t drag it out to use as often as I’d like.  With the addition of some simple, punched, vellum flowers, this is one design that shows off the capability of the machine with minimal work on my part.

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9. This creation I love, not just because it’s one of very few decorated candles I’ve made, but because I also made the display base and put together the simple bracelet that’s around it that makes a second gift.

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10.  This selection of hand made and hand decorated cupcakes of all sizes makes it into my top 20, not because they were all made and decorated by me, but because they were a group effort with my sister having helped my sister-in-law make some of them, and my niece and my sister-in-law and myself being involved in the decoration, so it was quite a fun afternoon.

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11. I was particularly pleased with how this wedding card turned out.

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12. I like purple!

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13. I just love the muted and rustic tones of this.

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14. I put together the design for the topper in one of my graphics packages before printing off and doing traditional papercrafting with it.

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15.  Another item cut using my Silhouette Cameo, but this time a fancy box, not a card.

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16.  A little wrap I knitted for myself on one of my knitting looms to keep my shoulders warm in the spring.

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17. I love the dimensional effect of decoupage, but don’t do it very often because my hands don’t allow me to cut out anything particularly intricate, so when I do get something to look quite good I’m always pleased.

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18. I don’t often get out feathers, and charms, some buttons, some gems, die-cuts and Silhouette Cameo cuts, some glitter ribbon, etc., and throw them all at one card – but I did for this card and I love the results.cup430938_117 - card02C - Digital Stamp Garden Gate with coloured version too

19. I’ve put together pictorial guides to making several different types of paper flowers during the year, and hadn’t intended to do any more in December, but I saw the diamond waste from die-cutting out cracker shapes and just had to do a few more flower styles using the waste.

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20. And I’m finishing with one of my latest creations, because I like the fact that it has a lot of white background while still having some bits of pearls and ribbons and lace to decorate.

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What do you think of my choice of top 20?  If you are regular, or occasional, visitors to my blog – would you have picked different items from my assorted creations?  Let me know what you think as a comment below if you’ve got a moment.

Thank you for reading this far – 20 is quite a lot isn’t it?!

Dec 312013
 

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An Update and A Few Cards

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With 2013 comming to an end this will be my last post of the year.  I’ve spent the last week mostly in bed resting up after the last push of getting things ready for Christmas, and I’m feeling rather rough with a stinker of a cold that started on Boxing Day.  I’ve now coughed so much that I’ve barely got any voice.  I hope that this clears up soon.

I have made a few cards in the days since Christmas though.  Some of which I’d started before Christmas.  And the batch includes a couple of Christmas cards ready for Christmas 2014.  There’s a bit of a variety between male, female and children’s cards.

I hope you like them.

I’m entering the first two cards in a few different challenges.
(So if you are visiting from a challenge blog and your blog name isn’t above the first card you’ll find it above the second.)

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

I’m entering this first card in the following challenges:

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  1. Rocky Reindeer Stamp by Janette Padley which you can get – here – from craftsUprint or – here – from the Stamping Dragon Designs online shop (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers – unfortunately I’ve misplaced my piece of paper with the notes of colours used, though I do know I finished off the bell with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I put some “ice” and “snow” on top of the image and stuck an oblong dome onto it using ultra tacky tape.  I took a blue, snowy, background paper from my crafting stash and cut an aperture the size of the dome from this before sticking down over the dome.  I went round the edge of the dome, over the background, with some blue Martha Stewart glitter glue in a “shabby” fashion.  I stuck the whole lot onto the front of a white base card and decorated it using christmas chipboard toppers from my crafting stash, attached using glue gel,  and a “Nadolig Llawen” banner – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.)
  2. Different angle of same card.
  3. Shaken card showing “snow” and “ice”.
  4. Different angle of shaken card.

I’d like to enter this second card in the following challenges:

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  1. cameo digi stamp by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the image onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Pink Carnation, Rose Pink, Leaf Green, Satin, Blush, Bluebell, and Dove Grey FlexMarker. I added a littel gold Wink of Stella brush pen to her necklace. I then cut it out using an oval cutter and cut out a mat from pink, pearlescent cardstock, attaching the image to the mat using finger-lift tape.  I took an A4 sheet of hammered white cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half.  I used a punch to round the croners.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted image towards the top right.  I then used ultra tacky tape to attach a strip of white lace towards the bottom left and a piece of pink velvet ribbon on top of that.  I wrapped some of the pink velvet ribbon around the wire stalks of some pink paper rosebuds and attached it to the card front using a strip of narrow pink ribbon.  I made a tripple bow of the same ribbon and attached it to the bottom right of the image using glue gel before finishing off the card by attaching some sticky back pink pearls and a peel-off greeeting, which I’d coloured over with a pink ProMarker.  The peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Closeup of image and some card detail.

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  1. Lemonade girl gingham decoupage card by Toni Martin (I printed the design out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored white base card from my crafting stash, attached the base image layer and blank greetings panel to the front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the oval layer and then shaped the other pieces and attached them using glue gel.  I’ve left the greetings panel blank for the moment as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Darts decoupage birthday card by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created a white square base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I added the next layer using 2mm deep double sided foam tape.  I went over the beer glass using Sakura clear glaze pen before shaping this, and the other pieces, and attaching them using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting to the card yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel With The Rose Of Peace by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored white A5 base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I shaped the flower layers and attached them to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off by decorating the card with small spots of green Martha Stewart glitter glue.  I’ve not put a greeting on the card yet as I don’t who it will be used for.)
  4. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel With The Rose Of Peace by Kirsty Green (Insert of previous card, from same kit, printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed, and attached inside using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Butterflies & Buddleia Mini Kit by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the base layer.  I love buddleia, which is why I bought this design, but cutting out around the detail of the flower heads proved impossible for me, and as the added layers of flowers were on a white background I thought it looked bad when I tried cutting around so I just used a piece of the layer with leaves as an added layer stuck on with glue gel and chopped off the rest.  Next time I’m not even going to bother with that as the image is lovely as it is – and I may even try a little flower-soft on top for dimension.  I took a pre-scored white A5 base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape. I finished off the card front by attaching sticky back white pearls.)
  2. Butterflies & Buddleia Mini Kit by Kirsty Green (Insert of previous card, from same kit, printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed, and attached inside using finger-lift tape.)
  3. vintage snow scene by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the image at much smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out.  I matted it onto frosted gold cardstock and trimmed to leave a border of 3/16″ using a craft knife and a Perfect Layers ruler.  I took a pre-scored A5 white base card from my crafting stash and cut off most of the front to leave around 1″ of the front.  To this I attached a sheet of acetate using ultra tacky tape.  I used the same tape to attach a piece of lace to the left of the card front and a strip of the same frosted gold cardstock I’d used as a mat over the edge of this.  I attached the matted layer and a greetings banner that says “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – to the front and finished off with some gold snowflake peeloff.)
  4. Previous card photographed open in an attempt to show the acetate front.

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CAKE DECORATING:

In my last post I showed you our Christmas cake after I’d done most of the decorating, but before my two youngest nephews’ snowmen were added.

Today’s photos show the cake top with the addition of the two snowmen made by the boys.

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CUP UPDATE:

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As I’m writing this there are around 30 designers offering 20% off all their designs, with some of the top designers being amongst the list.

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 27th December – Here! – 20% OFF Designer Discounts, FREE CD Volume 78, Hot Designs & 8 New Froms!
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Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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Sep 172013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
A Bit Of An Update, Some Cards and Decorating Cupcakes

I know that I write a lot in each blog post – please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. You can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.

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I’ve made a small number of cards lately, but other than that I know I’ve just been doing too much and I’m seriously paying for it with aches and pains.  I still haven’t managed to finish the tidying up of my crafting stash and some stuff is still in a huge box in the sitting room.  I’ve also been helping do a very small amount of bits for my sister-in-law’s sister’s wedding – you can see the results of the cupcake decorating below, and I also spent some time Saturday mixing up stuffing, and watching the stuffing and crackling for the evening “pig roast” cook in our oven, rotating the pans as needed.  Nothing realy arduous, but it’s just left me more exhausted.  So I’m having a few days in bed to see if I’ll feel better soon.  I haven’t even done my groundwork properly and put in links to the stuff I’ve used for all my creations either this time, and I like to do that in all my posts – both for my readers, but also for me for future reference – but never mind, hopefully I’ll be back on the ball for next time.

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MUSINGS:

Usually when I have rest days, and put my feet up and browse around the Internet, I start thinking of lots of things and I have a lot of musings to write – but would you belive it but I think my brain is too exhausted and I can’t think of anything worthwhile to write today.  Mind you, I don’t know whether my musings are worthwhile when I do write loads, but at least it shows a bit of my brain is in gear.  Let’s wait and see what my next post brings.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

I think the dog cards would be OK as male cards.  What do you think?

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  1. Purple floral Backing Paper by Sandra Carlse and Ascot Belle Backing Paper 1 by Rebecca Brindley and Star Light, Star Bright Paper Pack by Mary Jane Harris (I printed the three backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took an A4 sheet of frosted silver cardstock, scored it and folded it in half before rounding the corners with a punch.  I cut a panel out of one of the backgrounds which I also used a punch to round the corners before attaching to the card using finger-lift tape.  I cut a medium sized circle out of this backing using my circle scissors and cut a smaller circle out of the third backgorund as well.  These were also stuck to the card front, with the smaller one offset on the larger, again using finger-lift tape.  I used some flower paper punches to punch out a lot of flowers from what I had left of the three sheets of cardstock. These were shaped using a ball tool and my hands before attaching to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off with the greeting “Gyda Chydymdeimlad”, which is Welsh for “With Sympathy”.  This card shows how cutting floral embelishments out of the same patterns as the background means that the colours are bound to work.  This sheet has a very subtle pattern which means it was a nice contrast to the other more busy backgorunds I used for this card.)
  2. Bullmastiff Portrait 3D Decoupage by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cut out all the pieces.  I took a cream, 6″ square base card and attached the base image directly to this.  I then used foam tape to attach the next, square, layer.  I shaped the decoupage pieces and attached them using glue gel, before using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greeting and title panels.)
  3. Beauty Dog Card Kit  by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created a base card by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of cream Hammered Cardstock.  The base image was stuck directly to this card using finger-lift tape.  I then built up the pyramid and attached the blank greetings panel and faux button using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I think that, because of the colours of the framing elements, this card would be suitable for a card for a man.)
  4. Make your own Cluster Frames by Marie Wolman and Gingham Backing Papers kit by Carol Clarke (I took some matching colour elements from this kit, together with a blue background from kit cup57481_359 into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a front just smaller than an A5 card.  Onto the other side of my work area I put second layers of the main panel and extra layers of some of the flowers as well.  The finished A4 design was printed out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.    I created a base card by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of white, linen textured, cardstock.  After cutting out my pieces I stuck the base layer directly to my card using finger-lift tape.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the central panel in place and then used glue gel to attach the decoupage flowers.  The greeting on this card is “Brysiwch Wella” which is Welsh for “Get Well Quickly”.)

This is a wedding card I made for my sister-in-law’s sister on her wedding last weekend.  I’ve gone for die-cuting and embossing for this card and then the simple addition of a peel-off greeting.

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  1. The base card is made from a large sheet of Centura Pearl snow white cardstock which I scored and then rounded the corners with a punch.  The main background layer is another piece of Centura Pearl cardstock which I embossed in my Joy machine using a “Tied Together” embossing folder – I did two passes matching as close as I possibly could.  After trimming the embossed panel I matted it onto very heavily glittered silver cardstock, using glue gel to stick, and trimmed an even quarter inch border using my Perfect Layers ruler.  This matted panel was stuck to my card front using finger-lift tape.  I cut out some little flowers out of ice white vellum using three different sizes flower dies from Joy Crafts to make two layered flower embelishments.  I also cut out two Oriental Lilies using Tonic dies and paper pads and stuck them together using wet glue to make the other two flower embelishments.  The ribbon accross the centre of the back panel was cut using a Tonic Celtic strip punch and the circular and square panels were die-cut in my Joy machine using Tonic Celtic dies, the circular ones being cut in half and put just behind the edges of the square ones.  Some Centura Pearl cardstock and some linen textured silver cardstock was used for these cuts.  I cut the two central panels using two sizes of a Spellbinders nesting die set.  The greeting “Ar Ddydd Eich Priodas” is Welsh for “On Your Wedding Day”.  The central greeting panel is attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  All the other layers are attached using glue gel.
  2. Photo of same card taken in different light conditions to see if the detail of the white on white card would show up better.
  3. A close-up of an area of the card.

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CAKE DECORATING:

My sister-in-law had volunteered to make cupcakes for her sister’s wedding last weekend and, as she knew I had some molds and other tools to help make this easier and more professional looking, she asked if I would be willing to help with the decorating of the cakes.  I made three and a half dozen of plain, standard sized, cupcakes, but one of my sisters, my niece, and my sister-in-law had made several dozen other cupcakes, from the mini-cupcake sized ones, through standard sized ones, to large muffin sized ones.  And in addition to the plain ones similar to the ones I’d made, they had also made vanilla, lemon and chocolate ones.  So between Friday lunchtime and Friday suppertime my sister-in-law, niece, and myself, set about decorating the cakes in a variety of different designs – it seems that there wasn’t a set colour scheme or design required for the cakes, just that there be lots of variety.  The following pictures are some, but not all, of the cakes we decorated as we were packing them into tins and trays for transportation to the venue.

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  1. This batch are chocolate mini cupcakes that my niece made and I decorated with a disc of chocolate icing dusted through a stencil with gold edible shimmer.
  2. These are some of the cupcakes I made and decorated with a disc of white chocolate icing again dusted through a stencil with edible shimmer.
  3. White and pink fondant icing were used for these, this time dusted with red edible shimmer through the stencil.  Some mini-cupcakes were placed on the tray in between the standard sized onces I made for transporation, so you can see the difference in sizes.

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  1. While I was making the icing discs and decorating them with edible shimmer my sister-in-law was concentrating on making a big batch of dark and pale pink roses using a food grade silicone mold.  These were used as decoration on further cakes I put a disc of fondant icing on, as well as rather a lot of various sized cupcakes that had a butter icing topping.
  2. My niece concentrated on making lots of butterflies using cutters and silicone press molds to decorate even more cakes.
  3. I used cut and press plungers to make the leaves for the cakes.  My niece and sister-in-law used some pearl and other shades of edible shimmer as well as edible silver glitter, to give a shimmery finish to the various decorations

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

When I first started crafting, and wanted flat layers to stand above other layers, I used foam squares of various sizes and depths.  But I found this quite a laborious process – picking up maybe a dozen or more foam squares off the backing and placing on the back of my layer, then picking the cover layer off each and every piece.  Then I was introduced to Shaker Tape, a narrow piece of double sided foam, that came as a tape on a roll.  Not only could it go round circles and ovals and corners to seal in the content of shaker cards (which I found pretty much impossible using pieces of foam squares) but I could cut two, maybe three, strips of this foam tape to stick behind my layer – making them exactly the right length for my project, and then I only had two or three cover layers to remove as well – a real bonus when fingers are either painful or don’t work as they should.  And it’s far easier to get two or three backing cover strips into the bin than it is a dozen little squares of backing as well.  I still keep two different depths of Shaker Tape in the house and use them for making Shaker cards or for when I need to cut smaller pieces of foam for a project, but now I’ve found large reels of wider foam tape.  These rolls are 50m in length for 1mm depth and 25m in length for 2mm in depth and last for ages.  I have a roll of 1mm and a roll of 2mm deep of this tape in my “use it every time I craft” tote.  I use the white tape, but it is available in black – which many people who make predominantely dark cards, or a dark mat behind lighter layers, prefer.

(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others. As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same. I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)

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TUTORIALS:

My two sections of pictorial guides are available for you to have a look at with the links to be seen at the top of the left hand column.  I’ll hopefully be adding more to these sections over the next few weeks.  The pictorial guides cover “Colouring In Digi Stamps” and “Making Paper Flowers“.  Please have a look if you haven’t done so already.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 13th September – Here! – Free CD, 1p Scissor Special, HOT Designs & 12 New Froms
  • Monday, 16th September – Here! – Best Selling Designers & Crafters, Crafty Bob’s Craft Paper & More!

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it  – if you can’t see the comment box then there should be a link that says “Responses” and clicking on that will bring up the box – but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
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